Northeast Ohio weather: Needed rain returns this weekend, hot in the short term

Northeast Ohio weather: Needed rain returns this weekend, hot in the short term

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - It was another hot and steamy day around here.

We fell short of 90° in Cleveland, although it may have felt like it from time-to-time.

We did hit 91° in Akron this afternoon.

It will stay warm and humid overnight with temperatures in 70s for most of the evening.

Tomorrow will be similar to today.

Expect highs in the mid and even a few upper 80s, partly sunny skies, and a slight chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm, primarily in the afternoon.

The big weather change will occur this weekend, as rain returns to the region.

This has been a tricky forecast, as there is not much consistency in the models regarding whether or not it is going to rain this weekend.

Given the current model data and our knowledge of local weather patterns, we are expecting scattered showers and storms on Saturday.

It won’t rain every second or minute of the day, but the overall theme of the day will be more clouds, occasional showers and storms, and cooler weather.

Temperatures will only top out in the upper 70s.

A few lingering showers and storms are also possible on Sunday.

Highs on Sunday afternoon will only creep into the upper 70s.

I know that rain on the weekend can be a bummer.

But if it’s any consolation, we do actually need it.

The latest Drought Monitor, which just came out today, shows many areas of NE Ohio are still considered to be “Abnormally Dry.”

There are even locations west of Cleveland and south of Akron where we are in a “Moderate Drought.”

So, at least the rain we are expecting is going to be good for agricultural interests.

Back to the forecast now, if you’re a fan of temperatures in the 70s, I have good news for you.

We are forecasting highs in the 70s through the middle of next week.

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